Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview

Samsung Galaxy S Advance Preview

While dual-core processors are a common trait when high-end smartphones are concerned, mid range devices pretty much always stick to single-core CPUs. But not the Samsung Galaxy S Advance – inside it ticks a 1GHz dual-core chipset made by ST-Ericsson. The rest of its specs look pretty decent as well for a mid-range Android smartphone: 4-inch Super AMOLED display with WVGA resolution, 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 14.4Mbps 3G radio, and 8 or 16 gigs of on-board storage.

The Samsung Galaxy S Advance is not available on the market yet, but what we have here is a prototype unit of the smartphone. Care to learn more about it? Then read along...


Upon holding the Samsung Galaxy S Advance for the first time, we noticed that it sports more than a few design cues present in other Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy Nexus flagship. And that, of course, is a good thing as it adds a dose of premium feel to an otherwise mid-range device. On one hand, we have a curved glass display meant to follow the shape of the user's face more naturally. On the other, the fine texture on its back feels nice to the touch and adds a bit of extra grip. Furthermore, it is slightly thicker and heavier at the bottom, which makes it a bit more comfortable to grasp.

You can compare the Samsung Galaxy S Advance with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The outlay of the three Android buttons located under the smartphone's display is familiar as well: a big physical home key is located in the middle, accompanied by two capacitive buttons for the menu and back functions. Fortunately, the capacitive buttons are not prone to accidental presses. Last but not least, the volume rocker and power key, which reside on the smartphone's left and right side respectively, respond with an excellent click when pressed.


The 4-inch Super AMOLED display on the Samsung Galaxy S Advance has a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels and uses a PenTile pixel arrangement. When HD smartphone displays are concerned, that shouldn't really make much of a difference, but on this WVGA display, small text appears slightly jagged. Looking at the good side of things, the display exhibits bright, punchy colors and high contrast levels, just like the case is with today's AMOLED displays. Also, it is bright enough to be used comfortably in broad daylight.

Samsung GALAXY S Advance 360-degrees View:

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1. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

does amoled displays always look greenish?

3. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Actually they tend to have more of a bluish tint.

2. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Considering this is a step below the Galaxy S II, I really like the curve design like the Nexus has.

4. hritikbhimani

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

here in india....the galaxy r seems to b discontinued...none of the retailers even the online ones dont hav stock of i think galaxy s advance is kinda replacement of it wid better display but less ram btw @ nick ....hw does this new novathor chipset perfroms against likes of snapdragon n tegra 2s?

5. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I would choose the Galaxy S Advance over the Galaxy R anytime, that's because of the AMOLED display and judging from the sample pictures it has better camera quality.

8. sagardesai93

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

@hritikbhimani did u get ans for snapdragon v/s tegra 2.....???? can u tell me which is better samsung galaxy r or upcoming advance... i want mainly for gaming...

6. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

Is it just me or the Galaxy name is just way overused? I mean is it really hard to get a different name?

7. nicknice

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

Is there an tv-out on him?

10. binxter

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 29, 2012

I have a Samsung phone that has DNSe 3d Sound technology and I love the way music sounds in it, seeing this and looking for answers on the net, I can't seem to find out if it has the same technology (or better?) Can anyone shed light to this? Thanks!

11. sid7777

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 17, 2012

Does the S advance have usb otg or tv out??
GALAXY S Advance
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.33h 3G talk time)

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